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John Oliver Simon

California Poets in the Schools
Sage on the Stage
Berkeley, CA
John Oliver Simon is one of the legendary poets of the Berkeley Sixties who has persevered in his calling. Published from Abraxas to Zyzzyva, he is a distinguished translator of contemporary Latin American poetry, and received an NEA fellowship for his work with the great Chilean surrealist Gonzalo Rojas (1917-2011). He is Sage on the Stage at California Poets In The Schools, where he has worked since 1971, and was the River of Words 2013 Teacher of the Year. His ninth full collection of poems is GRANDPA'S SYLLABLES (White Violet Press, 2015). For his decades of service to poetry, the Berkeley Poetry Festival presented him with its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.